The MORE Everything Plan with Verizon Wireless

March 24, 2014

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Verizon Wireless.

As consumers, we are inundated with information on a daily basis as to how we should live our lives – what car we should drive, where we should eat, and of course, what cell phone company we should sign on with. I’ve been a Verizon customer my entire life. When I got my first Nokia brick phone – you know the one I am talking about – it was with Verizon. Once I upgraded to the incredibly sought after Razer, it was with the same company. Now that I am using the iPhone 5s, of course it is also with Verizon.

More Everything

They have recently introduced the MORE Everything Plan –> it’s a way to customize plans to fit what each family’s plan needs more of. We’re talking MORE






At the same time, they’re offering the early upgrade functionality that comes with the EDGE program mixed in. Not only do domestic customers get taken care of, but stay connected with your international family and friends has never been easier. The plan includes unlimited international messaging –> text, video, and picture messaging.

To make the program even sweeter, those customer who choose the Verizon Edge program with the MORE Everything package will receive $10 off monthly smartphone access for data allowances up to 8 GB and $20 off monthly smartphone access on plans of 10 GB and higher.

More Everything 2

Verizon was also nice enough to send me an amazing pair of headphones – the Sol Republic Relays. I love my iPhone, but the headphones that come with it really do not work well in my ears. The Sol Republic Relays are a totally different story! They come with a bunch of covers for the ear pods, so you can find the one that fits your ear perfectly.

Sol Republic Relays

Like the iPhone, they have a button on the wire for sound and microphone easy control, and the sound is top notch. I am thrilled to use them during the summer, as they are water and sweat resistant so I won’t have to deal with another pair of headphones breaking on me.

Sol Republic Relays

The $79 price tag is a little steep, but I would honestly purchase these regardless. They are a perfect gift for someone you may not know what to get, or just as a great gift for yourself!

What cell phone carrier are you loyal to? Do you like the normal iPhone headphones, or do they slip out of your ears too?

Bring it on Spring Workout

March 20, 2014

I’ve reached the 3 week mark in my postpartum journey, which means I’m halfway to working out again! I’m definitely not ready yet physically to get back at it, but mentally, I am there! I can’t wait to run long and fast again, as its been almost a year since I’ve done so. Here is a little workout to kick off the first day of Spring! I hope you are getting some nice weather like we are here in Florida! Spring has definitely sprung!

Bring it on Spring workout

I always love the first day of Spring because it marks the day Marcus and I got married. Happy 3 year anniversary to my amazing husband! There is nothing we can’t do and I love you now more than ever!

Meghann Wedding

Is it Spring like where you are, or is Winter sticking around still?

Why Hire a Doula?

March 17, 2014

It is unreal the amount of choices to make when you are pregnant. Between maternity clothes, food, and exercise, life can get overwhelming. Throw thinking about the actual birth of your baby in there, and whoa – things get real, and fast!

I read multiple books to see how I wanted to tackle labor and delivery, and ended up liking The Bradley Method and Hypnobirthing the best. Unfortunately, I really didn’t read them until a couple of months before Grant was born, so the 12 week classes were out of the question. How would we get the coaching we needed without actually going to the classes? Our answer: a doula.

According to DONA International, the word “doula” comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.


I did some research and asked around to different friends for some recommendations. I had a few names given to me, and contacted those women for interviews. For me, it was very important to have someone I immediately felt at ease with, and could feel very comfortable with. After all, this person would see it all – the good, bad, and (perhaps) ugly parts of labor. Luckily, Heather was the very first person we interviewed and something just clicked.

We met with her once before the birth to chat about everything. This included what I wanted birth to look like, what helps to calm me, and just getting to know each other overall. The most important characteristic I looked for in Heather was someone who could be very hands on while also being hands off at the same time. Let me explain that a little bit. The most important thing to me in the birth of Grant was to have Marcus as my coach. He was going to be the person standing next to me the whole time, walking me through each contraction and just being my main support. I wanted a doula who could support me by supporting him. We really found the perfect match.

I would ask her if things were normal, like when I was feeling pain compared to the stage I was in. She helped us make decisions based on the wishes she knew I had, without being pushy or being the health provider role. She was incredibly respectful of the nurses and the entire medical staff, which is of course important. She used acupressure points and different massage oils to relieve pain, as well as help to calm my body and mind. She encouraged the switching of positions to encourage the baby to make his way down the birth canal. She has helped over 100 women bring their babies into the world, and it truly showed with her knowledge and overall demeanor.

I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Do you think your doula was even necessary since you ended up have a c-section?” My answer, “A million times yes”. This is when the support for Marcus came in. Not only was I scared getting rolled into the operating room, but he was scared seeing all of this happen. He was pretty much pushed to the side so the doctor’s could help Grant and I, and Heather was there to make sure he was handling everything alright.

Another aspect of hiring Heather to be our doula is the postpartum support. She was one of the first people to come up to my room in the mom and baby wing of the hospital, and immediately showed me how to use the breast pump, since I needed to get Grant my collostrum given I wouldn’t be seeing him until the next day. She walked me through what I needed to do, and just overall checked up on me. Then about a week after I got home, she came to our house to check up on us again. She gave Grant lots of hugs and snuggles, and made sure I was healing up as well. She is a huge support in the breastfeeding process, and I am constantly texting and calling her with questions, which she is more than happy to answer. I could not be happier with our choice to have Heather with us when we welcomed Grant into the world, and you can bet she will be there when we decide to grow our family even more.

Have you considered using a doula? Would you hire a person to support you and your significant other through the birth of your child?

Grant’s Birth Story (and why I’m not sharing it)

March 12, 2014

I’ve gone back and forth with this since Grant was born. I had every intention of sharing our experience with his birth with everyone before I actually went into labor. Once it was all said and done, I really fought with it a bit. Here’s why.

My birth wishes completely surrounded a natural birth – no meds, vaginal, the whole deal. It was so important to me to do it this way, for both Grant and I. Once we actually got into delivery, this unfortunately was impossible. Don’t get me wrong – I know births are anything but predictable. It ended up being completely the opposite of what I hoped for, other than the end result of a happy, healthy baby.

I ended up being induced the Wednesday after my due date. Once the pitocin started, everything changed for me. My body didn’t react well to the medicine, and 21 hours later, I was in the operating room having an emergency c-section.

Grants birth

So why don’t I want to share the details of everything in those 21 hours?

I have never been so scared in my life. A lot of the end of the experience is a bit fuzzy, but I can’t seem to get the image of locking eyes with Marcus  as I was being wheeled out of labor and delivery out of my head. I had no idea what was really going on until he filled me in later. All I wanted to do was hold his hand, and I couldn’t do it.

The entire birth was the most personal experience Marcus and I have ever shared, and I want to keep it that way. I’m not sure what I thought it would all be like before it happened, but now that it has, I just can’t share it with the world. Of course, we’ve told friends and family anything they want to know, but as for the entire blogosphere – not this time.

Grant's Birth

I wasn’t able to see Grant after the operating room for almost 24 hours. That was the hardest part. I had the flu the weekend before his delivery, so he was in the NICU and I was on strict orders that I couldn’t see him until the next day. It ripped my heart out, but made that first meeting even more special. I will never forget being able to finally hold him for the first time.

First time holding Grant

Now, don’t think my thoughts surrounding the birth are negative – they are just much different from what I had originally expected. Grant was born on February 27th, 2014 at 11:46am as a healthy, beautiful baby boy. I am so thankful the doctors and staff at my delivering hospital were so on top of everything, and knew what to do at the drop of a hat. Those first cries really are the most beautiful thing in the world. No matter how it happened, the end result is the same – Grant is the most beautiful baby I have ever laid my eyes on, and he is mine and Marcus’ forever.

Grant's birthI do plan to share my experience with our amazing doula in another post – it really deserves its own write-up without a doubt. We couldn’t have done it without her. I’ll also be letting you all know about what I’m doing with exercise and eating in the coming days.

Thanks for being understanding when it comes to Grant’s birth story. I know I really like reading them when others post theirs, but I just can’t do it. If you do have any detailed questions, please reach out to me via email at foodfunrun[at]gmail[dot]com. I am more than happy to answer anything you may want to know personally.

Welcome to the world sweet Grant. Mommy and Daddy love you more than you will ever know.

What I Can’t Live Without – The First Week

March 10, 2014

Thanks for all the well wishes for Grant joining our family! I haven’t quite decided how I want to tackle his birth story yet, so I figured I would share a few items that have been absolute life savers in this first week!

A comfy cotton robe

I purchased a simple black cotton robe from Target a few months back, per the advice of another mom (thanks Yolanda!) and I have been using it nonstop. It was amazing for the hospital to keep me warm, and made breast-feeding a little bit easier, as I wore only my bra underneath and didn’t have to worry about lifting my shirt. It also is long enough to cover my butt, which was helpful to disguise the monster pad you have to wear after giving birth.

Nursing Bras

Jen gave me the recommendation to buy these bras, and I could not be happier. They are super comfy and have great coverage. I have been living in them since day one in the hospital. nursing bra

Non-slip socks

The hospital provided these, but I liked my own. The hospital’s were more of a one size fits all, so they weren’t as comfy. Hospitals are always freezing, so having some cozy, fleece non slip socks was a life saver.

Aden + Anais blankets

What everyone says is true – these blankets are amazing. They are the best for swaddling and are just all around extremely useful. They can be used to cover the car seat when we are in the stroller, can cover me when I am trying to feed him when people are around, and of course, are very cozy as blankets. I can not recommend them enough.

Aden and Anais blankets

The Boppy

If I could pick one item I feel like I couldn’t live without right now, this would be it. It gives my back and arms the support I need when nursing Grant, and it is overall very comfortable for all of us. I can prop him up in the Boppy as well for a few minutes, and he really seems to like it.

This guy

Grant & Marcus sleeping

My most amazing husband has been a life saver through the entire pregnancy, delivery, and post partum time. I hadn’t mentioned it before, but I ended up having a c-section. He has been there to help with anything and everything to get me back to normal. I can’t lift anything other than Grant, and Marcus has taken on handling everything around the house. I’ve always known we work well together, but this experience has shown me an entire other side to our relationship – the best of the best. I couldn’t do any of this without him.

 What items could you not live without for the first week? Anyone else love these too?